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There is a line in The Book of Jonah that says:

And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying: 'Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing; let them not feed, nor drink water;

Does this mean that we, literally, should not feed animals (including Livestock and Pets, even Service Animals) on Yom Kippur or are animals not considered people (and are exempt from fasting) despite this line in the The Book?

  • Jason D, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for bringing your question here! I hope you look around and find other material here of interest, perhaps starting with our 21 other questions on yonah-jonah-book-of. Shana tova! – Isaac Moses Sep 24 '15 at 19:21
  • Was that day mentioned in the Book of Jonah the day of Yom Kippur? – Double AA Sep 24 '15 at 19:26
  • @DoubleAA I think they were talking about that day in the Book of Jonah during the reading. – Jason D Sep 24 '15 at 19:38
  • @JasonD What makes you think that? Quite the coincidence for Jonah to show up, after being delayed quite a bit in a fish's belly, exactly on 9 Tishrei. No? – Double AA Sep 24 '15 at 19:39
  • @IsaacMoses Thank you for your link. I see other questions about why the animals in the book fasted or wore sackcloth; though it doesn't seem like they addressed if it applies to modern animals. Shana Tova to you as well! – Jason D Sep 24 '15 at 19:40
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Does this mean that we, literally, should not feed animals (including Livestock and Pets, even Service Animals) on Yom Kippur or are animals not considered people (and are exempt from fasting) despite this line in the The Book?

This line in Jonah is not discussing Yom Kippur. The entire book of Jonah is not discussing Yom Kippur. The fast discussed in Jonah was proclaimed by the ruler of Nineveh and followed whatever rules he decided on, and was on dates unknown to us (to the best of my knowledge).

  • So I assume that implies that animals are exempt from fasting? – Jason D Sep 24 '15 at 21:42
  • @JasonD, no, it doesn't imply anything about Yom Kippur. – msh210 Sep 24 '15 at 21:51

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